Prayer: Lord, help me to trust your promises.
Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Unkept promises hurt. Broken engagements really mess things up. Missing a game you promised you would attend to see your child play…well, just be ready for a face full of disappointment when you get home.
The Old Testament reading for this Sunday reminds us that God is faithful. God keeps promises. Specifically God will send a descendent of David to bring salvation and righteousness to Israel and Judah. We are rapidly coming to Advent when we rejoice that God keeps promises in the flesh and blood of His Son.
Did you notice that “righteous(ness)” is mentioned 3 times in today’s text? That must be important. In this word, Jeremiah underscores our need to be in a right relationship with God, something that we don’t seem to be able to accomplish. Always messing up. Drat.
Jeremiah reminds us that God takes care of that for us. God’s agent does justice and righteousness. And in the end “the Lord is our righteousness.” We are not our righteousness. It’s difficult to understand. Our righteousness is God’s doing.
This Advent, let us look to the Lord who keeps promises and makes us right with God. --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff
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